Raw Renault 172-rsClio X65 (2001-2008)
I wanted a raw little car with some character & researched many models but took a chance with Renault X65 Rs,knowing it comes from a long line of performance models this hatchback should suit me just fine. Common issues are oil leaks & having high Klm's mine is no different so it's a work in progress. The basics are strong brakes great chassis & get "up it a bit" a raucous lump of a engine up front. Think O-size engine in a go-cart chassis with larger wheels. Mine is a 2002 model so simple by today's standard really a "cave man" feel but exact... Read morely what I wanted. It's a light "hypo hatch" with good torque from the 2L so short shifting makes for a easy drive, it performs well on road & so far found it's v-reliable. Being a"old euro" preventive maintenance is key as it's no Toyota & think best suited to the mechanically minded. It's reasonable on fuel & consumables but parts via OS suppliers can be a pain to wait for so prior ordering is a must. I have several performance cars & for what it offers these cars are a bargain, it's happy to trundle to the shops in peak hour or go through school zones at 40klms. But it's when the corners present that is when it shows the design intention & it's road going qualities. UPDATE: 2 year ownership: oil leaks fixed "mostly" timing,ancillary belts & water pump filters etc replaced as per servicing schedule, mechanically it's straight forward but the engine bay is "tight" & as all servicing is done by me it's pretty cheap to maintain. The Fuel usage can be frugal but that all comes down to your situation & driving technique. I have found it's raw appeal enjoyable & being a hatchback it's quite a useful car to use in the city or occasional country run,even my wife likes it !. Thanks to Renault for turning the "humble hatch" into so much more to enjoy,that's the Clio 172rs is to me.
Amazing car for enthusiasts and great valueIV B98 R.S. 220 Trophy (2015-2018)
Purchased second hand from a dealer July 2021, 2015 220 in black for 23 grand. Great mix of luxury and pure performance. Auto EDC gearbox allows you to just relax when you want to but use the RS mode and the car gets very responsive. Has auto lights, wipers, sat nav, rs monitor, leather, folding mirrors, cruise control, and heated seats. 98 Fuel use about 6-7 L/100km on a trip, 10ish in town, 13+ if you use the performance but makes great exhaust pops and crackles when you drive it hard. Suspension is very firm but the special double dampers m... Read moreake it bearable most of the time. Pay off for the harsh ride is mind blowing handling. Can be used every day and then could be driven straight onto a track day without modifying. Some interior rattles on rough roads. Tires loud on the highway. No reliability issues so far. I think it’s a great looking car too but this is subjective. 100% satisfied so far. Update Feb 2023, zero reliability issue and service cost have been very low. I have since found out has a Nissan engine same a Juke so Japanese reliability with French flair. Remain 100% satisfied recommend to anyone looking for an auto hot hatchback.
lasted over 5 yearsClio (2001-2023)
love this little zoom of a car - not no problems since purchase, but the tyres I love even more
6 years without needing to be replaced - to tread issues, no refill issues, not punctures
must be a record
Renault never againClio (2001-2023)
I own a 2013 Renault T/ IV Authentique TCe 90.09L.
I used to love this car a lot. In September 2020 the car overheated suddenly . Very poor design as temperature gauge doesn’t show gradual overheating. Towed To a Renault repair garage. The engine oil cooler was broken the oil had mixed with the cooling water. New parts from France 3 weeks wrong parts 3 weeks more . The car had only done 42592 km. Needed a new radiator was of course after all this time completely blocked. Was fixed is working OK . Cost $ 2992.00 .Contacted Renault Australia , many calls with not 1 return call from them , and no regress. Would not buy another Renault in Australia or any European car.
Computer module for transmissionClio (2001-2023)
My car has only clocked 58000kms and it's computer module for the transmission has failed without warning. Was running as normal until we stopped at the lights when it won't move at all. The car was towed away living us to find our ownway home. Renault road side assist thumps down. We had to pay 3700 dollars for cost of repairs. Warranty on the car had expired by 2 months. Contacted Renault Australia, however, told me to get the dealer to verify that the part was defective?????? So contacted the dealer who was as confused as i was. Totally frustrated.Renault Australia is putting the blame at someone else.Show details
Very goodClio (2001-2023)
Had the Renault Clio Zen since Feb 20. Great car, has a sense of fun even as an automatic. Quiet inside, and handles bumps well. Seats comfortable and supportive. The manual aircon system works quickly though the switches are a little confusing. The audio is probably the biggest let down. As the driver you dont feel like the sound is enveloping you, it very much comes from the dashboard. No amount of adjustment seems to improve it. Otherwise a great car. Why Renault could not sell more Clios in Australia is beyond me.. Too stylish for Aussies maybe..Show details
I love my Renault Clio Expression 2015 modelIV B98 Expression (2013-2016)
I use my car for visiting ,shopping appointments and so on
Every second day
Every year as per book.
The mechanic was very happy ,everything was perfect condition ,and told me this car will last without problems for many years .
Unfortunately Just drove out of my garage reversing and the rear wheel on the left would not run ,but scraped the concrete drive Not even the NRMA could fixed ! I dont know if this is a fault of the car ??? on the dash board ,mention check ABS and skidding ,Hill start and so on but ,nothing made sense ,maybe Renault has some idea ?
It is Fun. The few small issues count for nothing on a winding road.IV B98 R.S. 200 Sport (2013-2018)
Fuel consumption, about 8-10 litres per 100km; and I don't care. (it is getting better now on trips so maybe it is run in finally). It has only done 26,000+ km in four years. Most in the last two years.
Either shortish country trips of 2-300km or around town. I only occassionally commute in the car.
When I get out of town, I like to go the winding road ways; the aural enhancement of the pops just brings a smile.
Sound system is at best average.
the car is noisy by modern standards but it is not a family car at all.
My wife and daughters hate
Beautiful little carIV B98 Life (2013-2023)
I bought my car February 2019 and have had no issues so far. I love this model, it’s nippy and sporty looking. Very fuel efficient and has heaps of little handy features tech wise inside.Show details
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Perfect first carIV B98 Formula Edition (2013-2023)
We bought this car for our daughter after looking at many different makes and model. The Clio formula edition had all the safety features we were looking for and the apple CarPlay she wanted. The price offered was too good to pass up and our daughter loves her car. It’s fun and sporty to drive and I would recommend this car to anyone.Show details
Wouldnt buy one again or deal with with Renault or Village Motors Nrth lakes ever againClio (2001-2023)
Have had to replace the timing belt at a cost of $4200 and now not even a mth later need to do the dual clutches the car hasnt even done 100000 ks yet and is only just 5 years old the aircon had to be replaced and maps dont work or the warning sounds on the Tom Tom I have been Quoted at the cheapest $5,000 plus for the clutches Renault would not even come to the party on even half the repair bill for the timing belt they did pay for the aircon the car has been serviced but last service by Village Motors they failed to put the right amount of oil in itShow details
What a fantastic little car!Clio IV B98 (2013-2023)
I've owned this car for 3 years since purchasing it new in 2016. This is the 3rd Renault I've owned and it is the least quirky of all of them by far. It's almost mainstream actually, but far less boring than some of the other cars I tested like the Mazda2 and VW Polo. It's a personal thing but I reckon the Clio IV is one of the best looking small cars on the road, along with the Suzuki Swift and Peugeot 208. I'm a long standing manual car driver so I purchased the 3 cylinder turbo, 6-speed manual in Authentique trim. The car cacme with an... Read moreupgraded console touch screen running Renault MediaNav software. The interior trim is black with red highlights which looks really chic in combination with the beautiful flame red paint job. Highlights - the little 3 cyl turbo engine is a ripper. It's not the quietest engine you'll ever hear, but it has heaps of character. This is my first turbo car and it took me a while to figure out which gearing and speed combinations make best use of the turbo 'surge'. The gearing is perfectly calibrated to make use of the relatively narrow band of available torque and the manual gearbox is light and precise. The engine runs out of puff at about 130 km/hr on the open road, but has no trouble at all hitting the speed limit or doing urban duties. Real world fuel economy in stop start traffic around Melbourne is about 6.8 L/100 km and more like 4.5 L/100 km on the highway cycle. - the steering is light and precise, no doubt helped out by the tiny engine over the front wheels, and the handling is go-kart like. The way French cars handle is the main reason I keep buying them. - the MediaNav infotainment system has been faultless so far. Bluetooth connection to various mobile phones is fast and reliable and the touch screen interface is very intuitive to use. - reliability. Can I say that about a French car? I can about this one. There have been zero issues 3.5 years in. I notice that many of the electrical components are made by Nissan, and this might go a long way to explaining Renault's confidence in offering a 5 year warranty. Not so great - there is a pretty big blind spot around the 3/4 panel and vision out of the rear window is not great, but you get used to it after a while
Clio RS 200 Cup Premium, French and fantastique!Clio IV B98 (2013-2023)
I've own a 2015 RS200 Cup Premium which for 3.5 years now. The 147 kw 1.6L turbo motor is a real gem and once the turbo's spooled up it's a real little rocket. The standard exhaust soundtrack thankfully is pretty subtle, and has it's pops & crackles off throttle, especially in Sport or Race modes. I always have the Nissan GTR soundtrack pumping through (via "R Sound Effects - RS" R-Link app) which adds a more muscular sound to the cabin, and then has the advantage to be able to be turned off on highway drives when the constant loud sound beco... Read moremes tiring. Mechanically the car has been faultless, and whilst the DSG gearbox has the same low speed issues that afflict many other cars with DSG gearboxes, you learn to drive around it. I've almost 60,000 k's up now, and as a daily driver I can easily achieve low to mid 7L/100km's if I drive without using the available performance, which yields 700 - 750 k's from the 45L tank. Use a heavy right foot, and this'll approach 9l/100kms. It only needs Premium 95 fuel. A lot of the car review magazines/websites complain/whinge about the infotainment system's control stalk behind the steering wheel, referring to it a quirkily French, but now that I am used to it I'd love all my future cars to have the same close at hand control, as it can be used easily without taking your eyes off the road. Boot space is good for small car. R-Link infotainment system contains many, many options to monitor additional driving performance aspects of the car, water/oil/intake temps, power, torque & boost gauges, g force, wheel slip, stopwatch timer etc. via touchscreen. It's serviced by Renault, and this has been under their fixed price servicing model. Standard Dunlop tyres just replaced at 58,000 k's, and brakes still untouched. Only re-calls I can think of involved wipers & rear hatch spoiler. Rear seat passenger space it tight, but hey, I bought it for me and not to carry other people (that's what the other car is for). The R-Link infotainment has the occasional glitch (maybe once or twice a year), but re-sets itself soon enough. Also annoying is that the system doesn't remember in which mode you were in when you switched off the car (unless radio), so getting back into the car again you have to re-select, say, bluetooth from your phone. Cons: (1) Replacement wipers are $90.00 a set, such a rip off, and this is the first car over the last 35 years I've not been able to just replace only the rubber.__(2) Tyres: Pretty expensive at c.$350 per tyre for a big brand (and who'd buy a dodgy brand?), and needlessly so. What was Renaultsport thinking in using a rare 205/1840 tyre size? Just changing their specs to a 215 could have cut the price by c.$170 per tyre. Several tyre dealers have advised a 215's would foul the suspension, so short of going to the expense of an all new wheel & tyre combo, your stuck. __(3) No spare tyre.
Good car! But bad sound system.IV B98 GT Premium (2013-2023)
I use my car to get to work. Its small so it parks pretty much anywhere (small car only spots included). I get it serviced regularly and it runs nicely aside from the sound system. The sound system is very tinny sounding and the best songs sound horrible in my car. I had them checked out and service department said they were the standard ones. When I bought this car it was worth $23,000 and I wish Renault thought about the sound!Show details
Melting dashboard under warranty - told go away and don't come back!IV B98 Authentique (2013-2016)
I bought this car as a present for my daughter. We have wonderful photos of the car with a big red bow on it getting handed over in the showroom. In the first six months we started noticing something very strange happening - the dashboard material had started to melt. The dashboard is grey and in a diamond pattern and what happens is that firstly the diamond shape flattens and goes into a flat no shape, then it blends together with other diamonds on the dash and then it blisters and then bubbles. It started on the right hand side of the... Read more dash and now it is all over the dash in random areas. What is really concerning is that the it seems that the top material of the dash is sort of coming away from the dash itself and then where the airbag area is the actual dash is warping and in waves when you run your hand over it. I went to the dealership and over a period of 2 years they took photos and said they were dealing with Renault. Finally after two years I was told that Renault had said 'no' and that we must have caused it ourselves. I went to 6 different panel beaters and sent photos to dash board 'experts' all of who said it was a manufacturing fault. Final straw was the General Manager of the Dealership told me that I was not a worthy customer and that he thought that I was a fraud and liar and that he personally would not recommend for Renault to fix the car. I taped this conversation luckily. I never have raised my voice, never sworn I was shocked and in tears. I reported this to the Motor Vehicle Traders and they gave me the dealer managers response that I was never to go to the dealership again and I am unable to get my vehicle serviced there. I bought the car new with a 6 year warranty and with a capped price service deal. Now I can't go and get my car serviced? I am a pensioner and am shocked that this has resulted in this level. I spoke to consumer affairs and they told me that the General Manager refuses and that I should go to QCAT. I heard from Renault Australia who said that on the recommendation of the dealer they would not fix the problem. However if I went personally with my car into a dashboard expert and got a sworn statutory declaration they may reconsider. I live in a regional area and the closest i can go is over 200kms away! I have sent photos, I sent the correspondence from the dash guys and it was just shut down. The melting on the dash now causes glare in reflection on the window and it is dangerous at times to drive. If I had known that I would be treated like this, or if I had known of this fault or possibility before purchasing I would never have bought this lovely little car. I am left with a lemon now! So disappointed that Renault did not bother to organise an expert to inspect the problem. They actually stated in writing that they will not and that on advise of the dealer it is rejected point blank. So $18k for a car that has a faulty dashboard, melting, causing glare and the airbag deployment is compromised. My recommendation - don't go Renault and certainly avoid Gary Cricks Renault on the Sunshine Coast at all cost.
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|Transmission||Dual-Clutch (DCT) and Manual||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Dual-Clutch (DCT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.8 L/100km||5.2 L/100km||5.6 L/100km||5.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 L||45 L||45 L||45 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 0.9L||4 Cylinder 1.2L||4 Cylinder 1.2L||4 Cylinder 1.2L|
|Max Power||66kW @ 5000rpm||88kW @ 4900rpm||88kW @ 4900rpm||88kW @ 4900rpm|
|Max Torque||135Nm @ 2500rpm||190Nm @ 2000rpm||190Nm @ 2000rpm||190Nm @ 2000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Turkey||Turkey||Turkey||Turkey|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
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